Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Did we miss a good one? Let us know in the comments below.
In the past, we have asked our Patch Facebook followers what were some of their favorite places to pick up pumpkins during the fall season. Below is a list of suggestions we got from readers and tips from other Patch editors. Let us know in the comments below if we missed one and/or where your family likes to go each year. Dave's Pumpkins, 9122 Algonquin Road, Huntley Dave's is open daily 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and all pumpkins — no matter the size — are $5 a piece. Dave's offers a "fun for all age" haunted hayride from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday only through Oct. 28. Cost is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 years and younger. A mini corn maze for smaller children is also set up at Dave's at no charge. Only cash or checks are …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A cat jack-o'-lantern carved by Amanda and submitted by her grandmother Rose Connolly received the most votes from McHenry County Patch readers in our jack-o'-lantern contest.
It was 11-year-old Amanda Nelson's first time carving a pumpkin. The carved pumpkin of a cat garnered the most votes by McHenry County Patch readers in this year's Great (Carved) Pumpkin contest. Congrats to Nelson, a student at Marlowe Middle School who will receive a $20 Target gift card from Patch for winning the contest. Nelson's pumpkin received 24 of the 58 votes in the contest. "It was her first time carving a pumpkin and I think they had different patterns to use if you wanted to, and she picked the cat because we love cats," said Nelson's grandma Rose Connolly of Algonquin, who submitted the photo of Nelson's pumpkin. "She did a good job working on it and it and it really turned out cute!" The contest brought in several photos …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Halloween trick-or-treat hours in the Village will be from 4pm to dusk on Monday, October 31st. Be safe and have fun.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Everyone likes a good scare around Halloween time.
Did we miss a movie? Add it in the comments section below. Here are the top 25 scary movies according to the Chicago Tribune.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Fantasy Festival offers fun and frightening costumes for everyone. Their business has been booming for the Halloween season. People that are buying are spending more this year.
Fantasy Festival is a costume/magic center in Algonquin, Ill. Owned and operated by Ron and Bernice Ferraro, business is booming. They offer fun and frightening costumes for everyone and say those who are buying are spending more this year. “We haven’t had a day off since September,” said Ron Ferraro. They have 13,000 costumes for sale and rental. Some people like to buy their costumes so they don’t have to bring them back. “The people who want to be different and maybe even win a prize do the rentals,” he explained. This year the popular costumes in the store for kids have been pirates and zombies. Adults and kids have been opting for the scarier costumes. They also have customers aiming for their lighter, funny side, picking costumes …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Keep the kids safe and having fun while trick or treating this Halloween.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sue Kirchner
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Sue Kirchner is a family fun coach and weekly contributor to Patch.com. She’s the founder of ChocolateCakeClub.com and ChocolateCakeMoments.com both sites dedicated to helping busy families have more fun together. Sue and her family fun ideas have been featured on ABC Chicago, WGN TV, and NBC Chicago. When she’s not working, she is CFO (Chief Fun Officer) for her family. It’s almost time to trick or treat! My kids are excited and looking forward to Halloween night. To keep Halloween night fun though, everyone needs to stay safe. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your kids have a happy Halloween. For more easy and creative Halloween family fun activities and ideas, visit my blog. Have adult supervision. Walk with your kids if you don’…
The deadline for those interested in entering the Jack-o'-Lantern photo contest will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.
The deadline for those interested in entering the Jack-o'-Lantern photo contest will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. ------------- Be it spooky, over-the-top creative or downright cute: We want to see your Jack-o'-Lanterns. Submit a photo of you, or your kid's carved pumpkin. We will pick the finalists and ask Patch readers to vote for their favorite by commenting in an article that will first appear on the McHenry County Patch sites at 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. The deadline for entering the contest is 7 p.m. on Oct. 26. Feel free to provide a close up of your pumpkin or pictures of your kids posing with their creations. Also, please feel free to provide some information in the caption of the photo to let us know about your creation and …
Cary's annual downtown Halloween is from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Saturday Oct. 29, followed by the FRG Halloween walk from 1 to 2 p.m.
The Cary Grove Chamber is hosting Cary’s annual Downtown Halloween Walk on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Children will line up on Jandus Road and trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses down Jandus and W. Main Street. W. Main Street will be closed during the event and traffic will be detoured around downtown. The Halloween Walk has attracted 300 to 500 area children for the festive parade. The Fox River Grove Halloween Walk will also be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Stone Hill Shopping Center area. Line up will begin at Leader ACE Hardware & ACE Rental Place and proceed to Dominick’s, then continue at Panera Bread. The Halloween parades will be lead by Miss Cary 2011 Erin …
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monster Makeup was a fun, informative program for teens this weekend at Cary Area Public Library.
Filmmaker Kiel Cross demonstrated to teens how to transform themselves into creatures and monsters using makeup at the Cary Area Public Library. The program was a hit with participants painting themselves into vampires, zombies and more! Thirteen-year-old Christian Warren said, "This is definitely a cool program. I am doing it again next year!" Tips on Monster Makeup:
Paranormal activity has been spotted on numerous occasions along Cuba Road near White Cemetery in Barrington.
Have you ever driven down Cuba Road in Barrington and thought you saw something out of the ordinary? Even ghostlike? You aren’t alone. Dozens of people have claimed to see ghosts and other paranormal activity along Cuba Road, specifically around White Cemetery. The so-called haunted cemetery dates back to the 1800s, and its past is teeming with spooky legends. Chicagoland ghost researcher Dale Kaczmarek explains the paranormal activity associated with this spot. “There are a lot of old local legends associated with the cemetery, first of all, including one that was actually started in the 1960s by a Palatine school teacher of a hooked spirit, a man with a hook, that’s been seen out here. It’s an urban legend, it’s nothing more than an …